“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” - Eph. 6:12
The Other “S” Word: Making Room for the Supernatural
When you hear the word “supernatural,” what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Now, when you think about “supernatural” in regard to the Bible, what is the first verse or story from scripture that comes to your mind?
I’ve been in one church service and two conversations recently where I’ve sensed a real fear when the term “supernatural” is used. This “S” word is not exactly a “bad word” for believers, but a concept that seems to be really unsettling for many.
Encountering Heaven at the Grocery Store
JOHN 4:4-10 (NLT) | “...[Jesus] came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Recently, while grocery shopping I encountered a man who was blocking the sidewalk with his bicycle. As I tried to navigate around the obstruction, the embarrassed man moved his bike and began to apologize. I smiled and assured him it was fine. I passed the man again while returning my cart, and he thanked me for being polite. I felt a familiar tug on my heart—I had to speak with this man. I introduced myself, sat down, and we talked for 30 minutes.
“I realize now that coming here was the beginning of my redemption.”
Ramiz (not his real name) was deeply opposed to al-Qaida and Isis. As a resident of a town in the Middle East, he partnered with the US military as a translator in the heat of war. This work put him and his family at risk, and the Americans moved him to a new location where he would not be recognized. While working with a forward special forces unit, he survived an ambush. One of his friends on the patrol was blown up right in front of him, and Ramiz bears the scars of shrapnel from that encounter.
Everywhere You Set Your Feet: Lessons in Spiritual Authority
As I’ve become more familiar with God’s heart and seen what life was intended to look like with Jesus as our King, I’ve noticed a holy discontentment stirring inside me. I look around at this fallen planet, and instead of seeing the peace and goodness and joy of the Lord we were created to know, the intimacy with God and one another, I see people—even Christ-followers—living in bondage to the lies of the enemy, that deceptive, defeated foe.
Naturally Supernatural: Creating Space for God’s Reality in Our Lives
The setting is Jerusalem during the Roman occupation, 33 A.D. Groaning against the pain, bare body heaving and gasping for breath, Jesus cries out, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” Darkness covers the city, and the thunder is fearsome as Jesus breathes his last. A witness to these events declares, “Surely this was the Son of God!”
There was something about these events that was not normal, that pointed to the presence of a divine power, something beyond the natural world—something supernatural. From the virgin birth, to the miracles of physical healing, to his death and resurrection, Jesus’s life on earth demonstrated that there was more to life than meets the eye.
LUKE 20:20-26 (NIV) | Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
The Whole Life Mentorship of Jesus: A Millennial’s Perspective on Learning from Others
I was at a women’s conference in Oklahoma, and the leader of the conference had us pick a question to discuss at our table. My table’s question was, “What do you have to offer other generations?”
A woman with beautiful grey hair who had to be at least 70 looked straight at me, a then 21-year-old woman, and said, “I don’t think I have anything to offer you.” The way my heart felt in that moment is hard to describe, but sadness swept over me because I knew this woman did have something to offer.
“So, do you know what’s next?”
Have you ever been asked this before, or asked someone else? This question inevitably seems to come up when we’re in transition. It’s a question that carries a lot of weight, with many other questions and emotions hitched to it. There just often isn’t a simple, clear answer.
Movements Through Mentoring: Raising Up the Next Generation of World-Changers
“I have a basic philosophy: If I can help you win, then we all win. If I can help you succeed in what God has called you to do, then we all win.”
Pete Henderson is known around CRM as someone with a love and natural affinity for mentoring. In fact, he sees mentoring relationships with younger men as one of his key contributions to God’s Kingdom. So it seemed natural to sit down with him one day and find out why he believes mentoring the next generation is so crucial. Here’s what he has to share on why and how he’s contributing to gospel movements through mentoring.